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Gymnema sylvestre
2oz Organic leaf; Item #120
Reduces food cravings, especially for sugar. This Ayurvedic herb supports proper function of the pancreas to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar and insulin.
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Ayurveda Lifestyle Gymnema sylvestre
Certified Organic Gymnema leaf powder Also known as gurmar and shardunika.

Supports healthy blood glucose levels and proper function of the pancreas*

  • Maintains healthy blood glucose levels already within the normal range*
  • Promotes the healthy production of insulin*
  • Supports normal glucose tolerance*
  • Regulates the appetite and cravings for sweet food*


Gymnema is renowned for its use in promoting healthy blood glucose levels and supporting the proper function of the pancreas. A little Gymnema on the tongue has the power to dull the taste buds to the sense of sweet, thus it is known as the 'killer of sweet'. It promotes the healthy production of insulin and supports the body's natural metabolic process. Gymnema also promotes healthy management of the appetite and sugar cravings.*


1/8 - 1/4 tsp in warm water twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines
This product contains loose leaf for the freshest and most potent results. An organic cotton tea bag will be provided with your order to strain your herbs for enjoyable drinking. Your order will contain about 60 servings, 1/2 teaspoon each.


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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main states (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which states are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every state has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite state.

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Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.


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The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.




Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.


Digestive Effects Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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Pitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingVata aggravating


Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Appetite suppressant


Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain



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I may have Diabetes but currently do not monitor my blood sugar. I am managing by losing weight , exercising and choosing foods mindfully. If I start gymnema sylvestre, will I have to buy a glucometer? Is there a chance that I can eventually be off of this as it helps in Beta cell regeneration?

- arti, Seattle, WA, 08-22-10 (Reply)
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